ITAT NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020



 ITAT Multicultural Leadership Day

This month, ITAT students were busy preparing for and attending the 2020 Utah Multicultural Leadership Day. The Leadership Day was on Monday, March 9th and was held at the Utah State Capitol. Many of our ITAT students and advisors attended and learned from workshops on community engagement, advocacy, and networking. This leadership event was a great opportunity for our ITAT students to learn more about civic and community engagement pathways, and to become more knowledgable on how to serve their communities through advocacy and furthering their education and expanding their networks. 

In addition, two of our ITAT students were recognized for their outstanding community work! Malia Niumatalolo was recognized for the Youth Leadership award, and Lianne Albert was also recognized for the Youth Civic Engagement Award. Queen Center was recognized also for bringing the most youth to the event, with 73 ITAT students in attendance. 

We are so proud of our ITAT students for their hard work in their communities, schools, and families! 


Malia Niumatalolo, President of Skyridge ITAT, receiving Youth Leadership Award.


Lianne Albert, recognized for Youth Civic Engagement Award.


Drawing recipients (ITAT student second from right)


ITAT students participate in workshops


ITAT students pose with University of Utah Swoop mascot


At the end of the day, ITAT students pose for a group photo.


                     Legislative Update

During the 2020 legislative session, there are a total of 11 tobacco or e-cigarette related bills. So far 3 of these bills have been passed. The first bill being SB 37, which limits the legal age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine products to adults 21 and over. This goes into effect July 1st, 2020. Another bill being passed is the HB 23, which would put restrictions on e-cigarettes at middle and high schools in Utah, and create a course for 4th and 5th graders on e-cigarettes and tobacco. This bill is effective May 12, 2020. The last bill is HB 23 which increases the legal e-cigarette purchase age to 21 and increases consequences for retailers not adhering to this law, effective July 1, 2020. 


e-cigarettes come in all shapes and sizes, some of them carry nicotine and others THC, a marijuana compound


Tobacco Facts: 

(Utah DOH,,

​-1 juul pod contains the same amount of nicotine as 20 cigarettes

-In 2018 nearly 5 million youth used e-cigarettes

-E-cigarettes contain heavy metals like tin and lead

                                           Diabetes Facts: 

-Loss of eyesight is a symptom of prediabetes and diabetes

-Diabetes can cause loss of feeling in fingers and toes, and lead to amputations

-33% of people have prediabetes and are not aware of it

-Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk of developing diabetes

              Corona Virus Update

As you all know, our country is currently fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic. The cases in Utah of the corona virus are increasing and as they do, we are encouraged to practice social distancing and good hand-washing techniques to prevent the spread of this virus. Please stay safe and healthy everyone!

Upcoming Events:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Kick Butts Day/Take Down Tobacco has been cancelled.


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